Hello everyone. It's been a while since my last post, but this I find difficult to understand. I am currently in College to become a High School History teacher (I know, High School?? is a questionable, but honorable job) and this morning a teacher in my World Civilizations class said something in a lecture. He said Samuraii in Japan were Zen Buddhist. This teacher of mine is quite a teacher, and I do not say he is wrong. I just don't understand how this is possible when Samuraii were a warrior class intent of fighting and KILLING. I wanted to know more, so I emailed him. This is his reply: As for Samurai, Zen is not always passive. In the case of the Samurai, its teachings are infused into the basic Samurai guide for life known as the Hagakure. This is a selection of maxims of the Samurai tradition. In it, A Samuraii is instructed to meditate primarily on an inevitable death. Essentially, meditation is used to conquer fears of death. Hope this helps. Also look towards the code of bushido. This still makes no sense because Buddhism is about AHIMSA (a jain word, but all the more relevant. It means Non-Violence). Didn't the Buddha ban a monk because he instructed an executioner to kill compassionately with one blow to the neck? This situation reminds me of a RICH Christian (the bible says it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven, i.e. George Bush). Please don't reply about my last sentence, just on the Samuraii situation. I need help understanding this, because Thich Nhat Hanh is Zen and he instructs non-violence.